It’s probably time I actually got on with an electronics project.
Upon visiting Lancaster’s HUGE antiques emporium (no, I’m not middle-aged Kib) with SWMBO and Mother, the former chanced upon something rather interesting.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you a 1940’s voltmeter:
Note the date of its last calibration is the 7th of March 1941, this voltmeter saw service in the war!
The box is hand-made and has dovetail joints at the corners.
It’s freakin gorgeous.
I don’t need a voltmeter that can measure 600V ac oddly enough, but what I do need is more CRAP.
It’s an easy one, mostly a cosmetic one really*. Well I’m easing myself in, let me off a little.
I’m gutting it (HERESY!) and making it into a portable media centre.
Option 1: Digital radio, port for MP3 player, plus either a battery compartment or plug for power
Option 2 (HARDMODE): as above plus; RasPi+bluetooth+wireless+HDMIo/p for full media centre goodness. Oh, and LEDs.
The bits that will stay
- More or less just the shell (“What about those lovely valves?” They’re going, sorry. If you want ’em, drop me a line)
- The connection terminals on top if I can, else that’s where stuff will be sprouting from.
- The ventilation grills, where the integrated speaker(s) will sit.
- The gorgeous calibration cert in the flap
The bits that will go
- The rest of it (duh)
- That gorgeous measuring needle, though if I can I’ll keep the window-to keep as much of the cosmetics the same as possible.
So yes, I’m essentially making a steampunk-esque media centre because reasons.
And in other news
Quatro is going the way of the dodo. So one could call this my redundancy project.
Just as soon as I thought I was beginning to wean myself of the plastic crack, GeeDubbs decides it’s doing Harlequins as an army…finally. There’s also a rumour that the Deathwatch will be getting the same treatment.
Just as well I’m not being made redundant or anything Oh.
I think that covers about everything that’s happened really
*Ok so reading the article back to myself this is not entirely true. But feck it, it’s mostly a “squeeze-everything-in-to-this-space-mod” and that’s not really something I’d call electronics per se.
As if to prove I’m incapable of original thought, here’s where I probably had the idea from…
Oh well, YOINK!